Not Catching that Bug and Buzz

 

Here in Michigan, it’s Primary Election Day. It’s also the first time I won’t be showing up at the polls… i.e., seeing how I had already hand delivered my absentee ballot to City Hall this past Friday.

While I am relieved that I won’t have to show up at my precinct’s… YIKES! NO MASKS REQUIRED!… polling place during a global pandemic… where I’d risk catching that nasty COVID-19 bug…

Nonetheless, I will be missing the physicality of it all… the process of signing in… standing in the fast moving line… being seated at the partitioned voting table… catching that national community buzz.

 

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

Absentee Candidates

 

With COVID-19 concerns in mind, I made damned sure to prepare, well in advance, to vote by absentee ballot in Michigan’s upcoming, August 4th primary election. So far so good. However, ever since I received my ballot, not all has been going well.

With only two commendable exceptions, the candidates’ silence has been deafening.

True, many of their candidacies are uncontested. Still, a constituent should expect at least one flyer and/or robocall from each of them… you know… just to reassure voters that their hearts are really in it… and more to the point… that they’ll be fully engaged, on OUR behalf, should they wind up victors next Tuesday and in the general election come November 3rd.

Perhaps they are taking for granted that we’re all internet connected? Technically speaking, by and large, they’d be correct. Yet, I’m sure few of them have ever been forced to endure the shoddy “product” my ISP foists off on their customers. Hell, they don’t even know the meaning of “S” in that ISP acronym.

More to the point… I was damned lucky that my connection, this early evening, lasted long enough to check out these absentee candidates’ websites. My having to do their work for them makes me wonder if they’ll be doing any work for us? Needless to say, they do not inspire much voter confidence.

Passivity… not even sending a small post card which says “Vote for [insert name here]”, is a helluva way to run for… correction… stumble into high elective office.

 

Stay Safe and Vote at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!